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Mambo Unlimited's gold bug. Pic: Steve Caplin

Gold bugs, concrete bog roll holders and frolic-friendly furniture: What IS it with designers?

100% Design The 100% Design Show is all about innovation. This year there's a strong emphasis on things pretending to be other things, and furniture made out of stuff you wouldn't normally expect it to be made out of. Some of it's even quite comfortable... App One Design App One don't make apps, which is confusing in itself, but rather …
Steve Caplin, 25 Sep 2015
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We saw the future: Apart from the bath apps it looks like the past

100% Design Electricals While much of the 100% Design show was devoted to furniture, textiles and materials, we love stuff you can plug in – especially if it also lights up. And there was no shortage of entertaining electricals on offer. ni_parasol_648 NI Parasol: For those who absolutely, resolutely refuse to go indoors NI Parasol: Don't you …
Steve Caplin, 24 Sep 2015
Hammerhead bicycle satnav

On yer bike: Hammerhead satnav for cyclists – just don't look down

Review Cycling an unknown route can be tricky. Either you have to keep stopping to check the map app in your pocket or, if you have your smartphone strapped to your handlebars, you have to take your eyes off the road in order to peer the screen. You also have to decide whether to leave it on for the whole journey, running the battery …
Steve Caplin, 12 Jul 2015
Eyefi Mobi Pro wireless SD card

Photo finesse: Eyefi Mobi Pro Wi-Fi SD card

Review When Eyefi launched its first wireless-enabled SD cards nearly 10 years ago, they had the promise to free photographers from the grind of having to repeatedly take the card out of their camera and insert it into their computer to transfer images. Eyefi meant that, for the first time, images captured could be instantly sent to …
Steve Caplin, 4 Apr 2015
The Nether

Murky online paedo retreat: The Nether explores the fantasy-reality divide

Theatre Review On a bare stage, two chairs face each other across a table. At the table sits Morris, an investigating detective employed by The Nether – the virtual counterpart to the In-World – where users in the year 2050 can live out their every fantasy. Opposite sits her quarry, Sims, a businessman in his 60s who has been up to no good. …
Steve Caplin, 28 Feb 2015
Wacom Cintiq 21ux

Wacom Cintiq 21UX interactive pen display

Review Wacom may be best known for its standalone, pressure-sensitive tablets, but its current flagship product is a 21-inch LCD monitor, but with a difference. The whole screen of the Cintiq 21UX is one enormous graphics tablet that you can draw on directly. Wacom Cintiq 21ux Drawing board: Wacom's Cintiq 21UX In essence, the …
Steve Caplin, 2 Aug 2010
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Apple iPad 3G 32GB

Review The problem of choice when buying an iPad is compounded not just by the size of the storage, but the issue of whether or not to shell out an additional hundred quid for the 3G version. It's not as simple as the choice between an iPod Touch and an iPhone, since the iPad 3G doesn't include phone capabilities: it all depends on …
Steve Caplin, 1 Jul 2010
Korg Nanokey

Korg NanoKey MIDI controller

Review The Korg NanoKey is one of the smallest musical keyboards you can buy. At just 320 x 83 x 14mm, it’s almost exactly the same width as a 13in laptop. Small enough to slip into a briefcase or laptop bag, the tiny form factor nonetheless features a two-octave, 25-note keyboard. Korg Nanokey Korg's NanoKey: worth making a note …
Steve Caplin, 1 Jul 2010

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